At least this time Wright will be representing the home team, and there won't be boos raining down on the derby like last year, when AL captain Robinson Cano left KC Royals slugger Billy Butler off the team. That incited the anger of Kansas City fans, who are probably STILL a little bitter at Cano for the perceived snub.
Wright chose Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper along with a pair of Colorado Rockies sluggers in Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.
Harper and Gonzalez weren't exactly surprises, but Cuddyer was viewed as a bit of an unconventional pick. The 34-year-old is making only his 2nd All-Star appearance, and has never appeared in a Derby in his entire 13-year career.
Wright justified his pick by saying that Cuddyer is a good friend of his, and a very underrated player:
Also, I'm sure Wright doesn't mind ruffling Phillies' fans feathers by leaving out their player in Domonic Brown, who was thought to be a contender for the Derby.
On the American League side, Cano still hasn't picked his last player. Prince Fielder and Chris Davis were his first two choices, and they're pretty obvious ones. Fielder is the defending champ, and Davis is leading the league by a handful of homers.
Cano will be letting the fans vote for the final player, choosing between Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion and Raul Ibanez. Who do you think should win the final AL derby spot?